Four of Eric Khoo's films had been submitted for the Academy Award for Best International Feature Film. Three were not nominated, while his first submission, Be With Me, was disqualified.
Four of Eric Khoo's films had been submitted for the Academy Award for Best International Feature Film. Three were not nominated, while his first submission, Be With Me, was disqualified.

Singapore has submitted films for the Academy Award for Best International Feature Film[nb 1] on a fairly regular basis since 2005, although they submitted a film while still being a British colony in 1959. The award is handed out annually by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) to a feature-length motion picture produced outside the United States that contains primarily non-English dialogue.[3] The academy selection committee reviews all the submitted films, and secret ballot voting is used to determine the five nominees.

As of 2021, a total of fifteen films have been submitted for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, but none has yet received an Oscar nomination. The director whose films have been submitted the most is Eric Khoo, although none had been nominated; one was disqualified for being more than 50% in English and not in a Foreign Language.[4] Two other submissions were large-scale musicals: the 1959 musical-drama The Kingdom and the Beauty, as well as the 2007 881.

List of submissions

Year
(Ceremony)
Film title used
in nomination
Original title Language(s) Director Result
1959
(32nd)
The Kingdom and the Beauty Jiang shan mei ren(江山美人) Mandarin Chinese Li Han-hsiang Not nominated
2005
(78th)
Be With Me[5] Be With Me English, Cantonese,
Mandarin and Hokkien[6]
Eric Khoo Disqualified[7]
2007
(80th)
881[8] 881 Mandarin, Hokkien
and English
Royston Tan Not nominated
2008
(81st)
My Magic[9] My Magic Tamil Eric Khoo Not nominated
2011
(84th)
Tatsumi[10] Tatsumi Japanese Eric Khoo Not nominated
2012
(85th)
Already Famous[11] Yi Pao Er Hong(一泡而红) Chinese Michelle Chong Not nominated
2013
(86th)
Ilo Ilo[12] 爸妈不在家 Chinese Anthony Chen Not nominated
2014
(87th)
My Beloved Dearest[13][14][15] Sayang Disayang Malay (both Malaysian and Indonesian) Sanif Olek Not nominated
2015
(88th)
7 Letters[16] 7 Letters Malay, Hokkien, Mandarin,
Malayalam, English
Junfeng Boo, Eric Khoo, Jack Neo, K Rajagopal,
Pin Pin Tan, Royston Tan, Kelvin Tong
Not nominated
2016
(89th)
Apprentice[17] Apprentice Malay, English Boo Junfeng Not nominated
2017
(90th)
Pop Aye[18] Pop Aye Thai Kirsten Tan Not nominated
2018
(91st)
Buffalo Boys[19] Buffalo Boys Indonesian, English Mike Wiluan Not nominated
2019
(92nd)
A Land Imagined[20] A Land Imagined Mandarin, English, Bengali Yeo Siew Hua Not nominated
2020
(93rd)
Wet Season[21] Wet Season (热带雨) Mandarin, English, Hokkien Anthony Chen Not nominated
2021
(94th)
Precious Is the Night[22][23] 今宵多珍重 Mandarin Wayne Peng Not nominated

See also

Notes

  1. ^ The category was previously named the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, but this was changed to the Academy Award for Best International Feature Film in April 2019, after the Academy deemed the word "Foreign" to be outdated.[1][2]

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  6. ^ Film is mostly dialogue-less
  7. ^ Disqualified after its official Oscar screening for containing more than 50% English dialogue
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